I'm beginning to study Esther, to preach through at our evening services this late summer. Maybe I'll keep you updated on how a newbie pastor handles the book of the Bible that never mentions God, Jerusalem, or the temple (shortly after the return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple took place!), and that contains no prayers, visions, or miracles.
One thing I know. It's best to read the whole 10 chapters at one sitting. Sara and I did this recently in our devotions, me reading out loud - what a delight!